Monday, March 3, 2014

Eickhoff’s Extras: New in the News

A large, three year observational study found that women who took hormone replacement therapy for at least 6 months after a total hip or knee replacement had a 40% reduction in the rate of revision surgery.  
Does this mean every female should be placed on hormone replacement therapy after a total joint?  No.  The need for revision surgery is low as only 5% of patients at the 7 year mark will need revision surgery.  Also, hormone replacement therapy comes with its own set of risks including heart disease, stroke, blood clots, and breast cancer.  
It is best to talk to your women’s health care provider regarding if the decision for hormone replacement therapy is the right option for you.  Having a new joint should not effect this decision, but it is an interesting link.  

Jennifer Eickhoff, FNP-BC, MSN, ATC, LAT

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